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Whittier, John James


Age: 43, credited to New Haven, VT
Unit(s): 14th VT INF
Service: enl 9/16/62, m/i 10/21/62, Pvt, Co. I, 14th VT INF, m/o 7/30/63

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Birth: 07/09/1809, Haverill, MA
Death: 03/09/1895

Burial: Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Soda Springs, ID
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Lisa Olorenshaw
Findagrave Memorial #: 30251248


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


3rd Great Grandfather of Tim Leno, Barre, VT

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Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Soda Springs, ID

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John Whittier was a very short man, taking after his paternal grandfather, who was only 4'10" tall when he served in the Revolution. A family story (probably embellished) is that he tried to enlist several times but was rejected because he wasn't tall enough to reload the rifles/muskets the army was using at that time. He finally talked the recruiter into taking him by stuffing his shoes with newspaper to increase his height... or more likely, just made himself a nuisance until they finally took him to get rid of him.

John was a wheelwright and your information on death location of Soda Springs, Idaho is correct. He was first cousin to the American poet, abolitionist, Quaker and author; John Greenleaf Whittier.

He married: 1) Maryann Elizabeth Fox (divorced in 1839), 2) Lovina Davis.

Johns' father, Edmund Whittier, served in the War of 1812 for a short time, as a cobbler.

Both grandfathers are listed in the DAR Patriot index: Daniel Davies Whittier Jr., Pvt, MA, Drummer. DAR # A125502 Height 4'10" served from 22 Jul 1777 to Jan 1784 in 9th MA Reg't and in the Continental Army.
Moses Moody, Pvt, MA. DAR # A079166.

Contributed by Tim Leno, his 3rd great-grandfather.

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